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Global Entry kiosks typically ask a yes/no question about whether you are bringing "food" into the country. The question is broader than on the deprecated blue form that asked about fruits, vegetables, meats, etc.

CBP answers the question of whether you must declare all "food" on its website:

Must I declare food items or products when using the Global entry kiosk?

Yes, all food items and products must be declared when entering the U.S.

You may be able to bring in food such as fruits, meats or other agricultural products depending on the region or country from which you are traveling.
General consensus is that the best practice is to declare any "food", include candies, cookies, snacks, etc. and then inform the CBP agent about your food. Experience has been that in nearly all cases the agent will wave you through with extremely minimal delay. As explained elsewhere, the primary focus of the question is to prevent importation of fruits, vegetable, and meats that could cause harm to the American food supply, but it is safest to allow the CBP agent to make the determination.

There is some debate as to whether items one can ingest for non-nutritive reasons (e.g., gum, toothpaste, medicine) should qualify as food. There does not appear to be an answer from CBP or experience showing the proper categorization of such items.
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Old Sep 30, 18, 12:54 am
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Returned NRT-HNL today. Declared food, got O. Presented slip to agent, who failed to ask any questions and waved us through. Asked him “Aren’t you going to inquire about the O? He said we would be asked after baggage pickup. Duly noted, presented slip as we approched baggage claim exit, showed my IPhone-stored list of all the food we had, and after one clarification question about the preserved plums, the agent waved us through.

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Originally Posted by 747FC View Post
Returned NRT-HN today. Declared food, got O. Presented slip to agent, who failed to ask any questions and waved us through. Asked him ďArenít you going to inquire about the O? He said we would be asked after baggage pickup. Duly noted, presented slip as we approched baggage claim exit, showed my IPhone-stored list of all the food we had, and after one clarification question about the preserved plums, the agent waved us through.
I declare food often at IAD when using GE. Usually itís chewing gum and maybe something like chocolate that gets me to declare food. They ask me what is being declared, take my slip and wave me through before baggage claim belts.
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Old Sep 30, 18, 1:37 am
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Originally Posted by GUWonder View Post


I declare food often at IAD when using GE. Usually itís chewing gum and maybe something like chocolate that gets me to declare food. They ask me what is being declared, take my slip and wave me through before baggage claim belts.
My past experiences were consistent with yours. Todayís, as described in my previous post, was anomalous.
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Old Sep 30, 18, 11:35 am
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Looked like SFO changed the immigration and customs flow somewhat (at least for international terminal G arrival). You no longer have to hand over the declaration form before exiting the customs after luggage carousels.

In addition, I was using GE kiosk and delcared food, and the immigration official grilled me and asked me what I need to declare since I answered food as what I have always done before, no automatic wave like before. He even said I should always have a written I-94 ready in case the GE kiosks weren't working. Looks like they are doing both immigration and customs duties now, and the attitude this time was horrible, but I wasn't going to argue my way out so I just said I will keep that in mind next time.

I don't know what to think of SFO now.
As mentioned a few posts ago, SFO is using unified immigration/customs. The customs officer at the booth directly past the GE kiosks takes the GE slip. I previously experienced this in August and again the other day. In both cases the officer asked about the O and I said (truthfully) "duty free cookies" and was on my way. YMMV I guess based on officer's mood and profiling.
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I have been much less lucky when declaring "food" and am regularly sent to agricultural inspection. This happened last week when declaring chocolate from Mexico, but happens to me with some regularity over the past 18 months. I asked two different officers in Philadelphia last week, both of whom said that, yes, I should be declaring chocolate or processed nuts or whatever.
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Should you google image search for the APC kiosks, you will see this:



these are the "foods" that should be declared, no others.
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Should you google image search for the APC kiosks, you will see this:



these are the "foods" that should be declared, no others.
Except that this discussion is about GE - not APC. The GE kiosk at YVR which I used last week very specifically had the word "food" in the list.
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Except that this discussion is about GE - not APC. The GE kiosk at YVR which I used last week very specifically had the word "food" in the list.
That is immaterial. The same declaration rules apply to all travelers.
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That is immaterial. The same declaration rules apply to all travelers.
So you are claiming that this is what people see on GE machines as well? Since the word "food" is not present on the image you've shown and I saw it on a GE machine I would say possibly the list varies.
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Originally Posted by blue_can View Post
Except that this discussion is about GE - not APC. The GE kiosk at YVR which I used last week very specifically had the word "food" in the list.
The GE kiosk at every point of entry I've traversed has had the word "food," including last week in HNL.
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Originally Posted by davie355 View Post
That is immaterial. The same declaration rules apply to all travelers.
Since the same questions don't apply to all travelers, some would say the same declaration rules may apply but how the rules get pursued and applied varies.

When the kiosks ask for declaration of "food", the kiosks are asking about a much broader category of food than a question that is asking about just a subset of food. Declaring "no" to having "food" when having food that doesn't fit into a narrower, more restricted subset within "food" will not spare a person from having trouble for a wrongful declaration.
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Originally Posted by GUWonder View Post
Since the same questions don't apply to all travelers, some would say the same declaration rules may apply but how the rules get pursued and applied varies.

When the kiosks ask for declaration of "food", the kiosks are asking about a much broader category of food than a question that is asking about just a subset of food. Declaring "no" to having "food" when having food that doesn't fit into a narrower, more restricted subset within "food" will not spare a person from having trouble for a wrongful declaration.
Absolutely! The GE kiosks used t have a food question that looked very much like the APC question above. They no longer do.
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Originally Posted by 747FC View Post
The GE kiosk at every point of entry I've traversed has had the word "food," including last week in HNL.
As a new GE user I only have one data point. My post was in response to the image posted appearing to indicate that is what people need to use as a basis for what they declare as food and I was pointing out that it is not necessarily the case.
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As a new GE user I only have one data point. My post was in response to the image posted appearing to indicate that is what people need to use as a basis for what they declare as food and I was pointing out that it is not necessarily the case.
At some point the kiosk wording changed and started to include the word "food." I now make sure to read the questions every time before answering as the wording could culd change again.
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At some point the kiosk wording changed and started to include the word "food." I now make sure to read the questions every time before answering as the wording could culd change again.
As I recall the paper form had the word "food" but APC did not. I think I last used APC about 7 months ago and don't recall seeing "food". I preferred the version without "food" as I did not have to declare things like snacks whereas with that wording you have to declare anything edible and then run the risk of getting sent for further inspection. So far though most seem to report being waved through including my experience at YVR last week.
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